CRUEL PARK VANDALS TARGET KIDS’ TREES

Trees damaged in Coronation park, Eastwood. Children from Brookhill leys school, Joseph Stapleford, Rachael Adams, Amber Lawson, Delphine White, Megan Mather.
Trees damaged in Coronation park, Eastwood. Children from Brookhill leys school, Joseph Stapleford, Rachael Adams, Amber Lawson, Delphine White, Megan Mather.

MINDLESs yobs have killed an avenue of trees planted by schoolchildren in Eastwood’s Coronation Park.

Youths snapped all of the tree trunk’s and damaged new play equipment on the park, leaving Broxtowe Borough Council with a bill of up to £1,000.

Heartbroken kids from Brookhill Leys Primary School spent a whole day planting the trees and named each one after their class names.

Deputy headteacher Jo Burns-Hopkins said: “I think it’s really awful. It’s a real shame.

“We named each one after a class and the idea was, as the children grew up and walked through the park, they could watch their tree grow.

“One little girl came in quite upset because she had seen the damage.”

The council has reported the damage to the police and is stepping up security patrols in the park following the incident.

The council’s grounds maintenance manager, Tim Crawford, said he noticed four of the trees damaged on Saturday and another eight damaged on Sunday.

A spokesman said: “Luckily the play equipment is insured, but the trees aren’t and it will cost us between £600 and £1,000 to replace them.

“It’s very sad. They must have used a great deal of force to break off bits of park equipment because it’s really tough.”

The avenue of 8ft tall trees were planted as part of a time capsule project two weeks ago.

The pupils put a copy of the Advertiser, council leaflets, a mobile phone and a picture of an iPod in a time capsule and buried it before planting rows of trees along a pathway nearby.

Leader of the council Cllr David Watts said: “I am really disappointed to hear about this.

“The whole time capsule project was a great idea and this sort of mindless vandalism is insulting to those children who were involved.”

Eastwood’s Mayor Brian Griffin said: “What do these people get out of doing that? I’d love to ask them. I’m disgusted.”

The park’s play equipment was brand new last summer. Anybody with any information should call police on 0345 0300 3333 or the council on 0115 917 3743.